The journey opens the view for plenty of interesting things to do, to see and to visit.Today just take Air Asia at Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur Airport or by Tiger Airways from Changi Airport in Singapore and have fun with great holidays.
The routing is also served by some other airlines such as Silk Air and Bangkok Airways but just forget them they are relatively very expensive. Example Air Asia charges for the Bangkok Phnom Penh flight Baht 1500,- Bangkok Airways pulls Baht 4500,- etc. got the message ? The Siem Reap flight means travel to Angkor.
A typical Cambodia tourist route (90% of the visitors are tourists) could be from Singapore or Bangkok, do some advance booking via the internet and land at Phnom Penh or Siem
|Mo Chit Bus Terminal|
Now the overland route via Bangkok and Trat in Thailand
Start is at Mo Chit bus station from there you have 3 possibilities for travel to the Cambodian border at
|Bus counter for Cambodia|
direct bus to Siem Reap (means one vehicle all way through).
Next is change at the border and proceed on or move south to Trat (also starts at Mo Chit but at a different counter) / Koh Chang and after to Koh Kong.
From Bangkok to Trat is about 6 hours drive and from there to the boundary 1.30 hours. The Minibus from Trat station leaves every 30 minutes.
For PP it needs to change the bus at the border anyway, its about 12 to 14 hours.
Even if you want to travel direct to lets say the capital it's worth to make this little detour through the south, why? The roads to Siem Reap and PP have again increased to a disaster level (2015), about a third of the distance on both ways are only dirt roads. Now when using a bus to Trat and after to Koh Kong a good road is available throughout.
Khmer people at the border offer to process your passport, let them do it, give them hundred Baht sit down and relax. After a while they will come and ask you to pay the visa, now the cheating starts. The immigration guy will ask you either $ 30,- or around one thousand Baht but the regular fee is $ 20,- they will argue you didn't give them two photos if you didn't you have lost. If you want to pay with Baht it's ok either but then it's 1000,- anyway. For this you get a one month tourist visa / single entry.
Also at this crossing are much less people, after you are through take a motorbike taxi for around Bahr 100,- and move on. You can stay overnight in Koh Kong City ( they have enough good hotels) and the next morning take the bus to Phnom Penh talk to the hotel people about the ticket they have it available at the reception. Since the price is written on it there is not much cheating possible.
The border opens at 7 am and closes at 8 pm.
Roads in the cities are not bad
but elsewhere they are not good at all, most are on a dirt road level (middle of 2014) although the country is developing quick there are plenty of negative sides. Even traveling from the Thai border to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is a real disaster by road, actually a government who is such negligent on even the most basics infrastructure is definitely not worth to be called a government.
Most interior is flat and plenty of rivers and streams supply an abundance of water which sometimes runs almost dry.
To counter that the old Khmer built canals and storage systems, the most prominent are the Barays of Angkor from where the old Khmer received most water during the dry season.
The Mekong river which is the main water source moves in from the north-west, traverses the flat plains and empty into the sea via a large delta in Vietnam. On the picture above people cross the turbulent water over a home made rope bridge.
Several border crossings, 2 airports and some ships are the gateway to the country from Vietnam and Thailand.